Subject: Re: cntlaltdel on console
To: None <>
From: Richard Rauch <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/25/2001 05:01:49
Speaking for myself, I'd rather not see this.  Certainly not as the
default behavior of the system.  (^&

I don't use ddb, but I notice that it does have a ``sync'' command.  Does
that actually sync disks before rebooting?  If so, can't you get into ddb
and boot that way?  (Yes, I know that ddb can't reset the display if you
have X up.  But I assume that ddb still catches the keyboard and that you
can type commands blindly...)

If ddb listens to the keyboard (even if it comes up in the middle of an X
session), and its ``sync'' command isn't what you want, then might it be
better to enhance ddb than to add more ``masked'' events between the
keyboard and applications?

Just a suggestion...  If what I suggest can't work, then nevermind.

(As an aside, since someone brought up the question of what other
platforms do: I seem to recall that the Amiga had a <Ctrl>-<Amiga>-<Amiga>
three-finger-salute that was a hardware reset.  That is, after pressing
the keys, there was a short delay followed by an unstoppable reset; the OS
couldn't prevent it.  If my memory is correct, Peter, maybe what you
should do is get an Amiga and put NetBSD on it.  Then you could always
reboot from the console.  (^&)

  ``I probably don't know what I'm talking about.''